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NOTE: The information in this document is based on presenters' original submission to the call-for-proposals with some minor edits and changes.
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Session CodePresentation TypePresenter(s)TitleAbstract(s)CE Units (CEU)
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PRE-AWorkshopElizabeth TorresCBT for Latina Perinatal and Maternal DepressionIntroduction to Training - Introductions and intentions: Overview of EBTs; Latinas and CBT; Group discussion: Helpful therapist attitudes and mindset
Overview of Perinatal and Maternal Depression - Epidemiology of perinatal depression; Impact on infants and child development with untreated depression; Depression in pregnancy, infertility and loss; Shame and trauma-informed care; Psychological, cultural and contextual variables; Group discussion: Cases, Feedback, Review, Wrap up
CBT for Maternal and Perinatal Depression -Theoretical Framework & Critical Elements of CBT; 3 Stage Model of CBT for Maternal Depression
CBT Interventions - Group discussion and exercises: CBT: Objectives and Strategies; Complementary clinical approaches
Wrap Up - Resource sharing; Sharing guidance: next steps for clinicians
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PRE-BWorkshopClaudette AntuñaImmigration 101 for Mental Health ProvidersThroughout history, the immigration process to the United States has evolved and changed the landscape of this country. Immigrant populations continue to face numerous struggles and challenges in their adjustment to life in the United States. Such struggles may be due to government policy regarding the rights of immigrants and challenges could include facing deportation, discrimination, racism, acculturation stress, rejection, as well as employment and educational difficulties (Bates & Acevedo-Garcia, 2008). This pre-conference workshop will focus specifically on understanding the issues currently facing individuals involved in legal proceedings within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The workshop will address ways in which psychological evaluations are used by immigration attorneys to help individuals achieved legal relief. The immigrant population in the United States is an extremely underserved group. As mental health professionals, the awareness of such health disparities and roles as both practitioners and scholars is crucial. This workshop provides a voice to those individuals that are typically underrepresented in academic literature and in clinical practice settings.4
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PRE-CWorkshopJanet BritoLess Shame, More Freedom: Sex and Relationship Therapy 101 for Latin@sTalking about sex therapy is taboo, and the practice of sex therapy is controversial. Many wonder how sex therapy is different from other types of therapies, what it means to be a sex therapist, and what types of sexual disorders do sex therapists treat. In research, sex therapy with Latin@s is sparse as well as the exploration of the relation of sexual health outcomes with mental health. In clinical practice, sex therapy techniques with Latin@s are limited, and the lack of access to culturally sensitive sexual health care services is minimal (Hall & Graham, 2012; Rhodes et al, 2008). The research that is available tends to focus on sexual risk behaviors, and less on body awareness, sex positivity, enhancing communication, and using mindfulness as ways to promote sexual satisfaction (del Mar Sánchez-Fuentes, & Sierra, 2015; Gilbert & Rhodes, 2013; Moreno & El-Bassel, 2007; Brotto, 2013). Yet, Latina women’s lack of sexual satisfaction appears to correlate with a higher incidence of anxiety and depression (Hullfish et al., 2009), and Latino men with diabetes, hypertension, depression, and urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) experienced higher levels of erectile dysfunction (Laumann et al., 2007). For the Latin@ couple, research shows how immigration status, level of acculturation, language preference, education, gender roles, family, cultural traditions, and religion highly impact their sexual heath and relationship (del Mar Sánchez-Fuentes & Sierra, 2015; Hall and Graham, 2012; Guerra-Reyes, 2017; Rhodes et al, 2008). The lack of diverse sexual health education, not having safe spaces to discuss sexual health, and having limited access to culturally competent sex educators only adds to the complication (Gilliam, 2007; Guilamo-Ramos, Dittus, Jaccard, Goldberg, Casillas & Bouris, 2006; Biggs, Ralph, Minnis, Arons, Marchi, Lehrer & Brindis, 2010). This presentation will provide a general introduction on what constitutes sexual health, define sex and relationship therapy approaches, explore clinical perspectives and interventions, as well as highlight cultural and sex positive best practices to treat Latin@ individuals and couples with sexual health concerns. A review of the sex therapy literature will be discussed, including how to take a sexual health history, understand sexual dysfunctions from a biopsychosocial lens, and provide diverse and integrative treatment recommendations. Participants will learn how to translate the findings into clinical practice, increase understanding of their own biases, and feel more
empowered to embrace the notion of sexual health as a normal part of everyday life.
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PRE-DWorkshopLuz Garcini, Thania Galvan, Maria Gabriela Hurtado AlvaradoEnhancing the Quality of Research to Address the Needs of Undocumented Latino​ ​Immigrants: Overcoming Challenges, Recommendations, and FundingUndocumented immigrants often experience socioeconomic disadvantage, marginalization, discrimination, harsh living conditions, and limited access to healthcare, which over time, may compromise their wellbeing and that of their families. Despite a recent increase in studies aimed at informing the complex needs of our undocumented communities, additional studies that incorporate mixed-methods, an interdisciplinary perspective, and stronger scientific rigor, are needed. Enhancing the quality of research aimed at addressing the needs of undocumented Latino immigrants, their families, and the communities in which they live, is essential to secure funding needed to develop intervention, advocacy, and policy efforts, as well as the training of future scientists and providers committed to the bettering of our most vulnerable immigrant communities. This workshop will outline step-by-step recommendations to enhance the quality of research in this area of study by using illustrative examples and interactive discussions. Participants will be invited to submit, prior to the workshop, abstracts for future research studies or proposal drafts for which they may want feedback and recommendations for funding. This presents a unique opportunity to further your research skills in this needed area of study, learn about how to build effective and efficient collaborations with community-partners and providers, network with other scientist-practitioners to build collaborative studies, and gain insight as to avenues for funding and how to write successful grant/award applications. The information to be presented will be relevant to scientist- practitioners at all different stages of their careers, including students, as well as providers and community partners interested in building and/or advancing collaborative research efforts.4
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PRE-EWorkshopEd Delgado Romero, Cristalis Capielo Rosario, Melanie Domench Rodriguez, Jhokania De Los Santos, Linda CampbellCurrent Ethical Issues and Updates: A Focus on Latinx PopulationsThis Pre-Conference Workshop will focus on current ethics issues in research, clinical practice and training for psychological work with Latinx populations. This workshop brings together several ethics experts (authors of the NLPA Ethical Guidelines; members of the APA Ethics Committee) and a graduate student to provide fresh perspectives on current and pending ethics issues. The presentation will provide a general overview, provide several examples from empirical research, and offer a discussion about the direction of ethics, particularly with the pending revision of the APA Ethics Code and the recent introduction of the NLPA Ethical Guidelines.4
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PRE-FWorkshopClaudette AntuñaImmigration Forensic Psychological Evaluations for Mental Health ProvidersImmigration laws and immigration reform are currently at the forefront of discussions in the United States Congress which makes this pre-conference workshop timely to inform psychologists on the emergence of a unique and important and professionally rewarding field of practice. This workshop will describe why a psychological evaluation is an authoritative document that assists individuals through the process of seeking legal status in the United States. Legal relief is available to individuals through asylum, withholding of removal due to convention against torture, cancellation of removal, hardship, unaccompanied minors, violence against women (VAWA legislation), competency, trafficking, victims of a crime, cognitive impairment, etc. An outline will be provided to participants delineating the essential components on how to assemble a culturally sensitive and linguistically competent psychological evaluation that both answers the referral question and reflects our unique understanding of human behavior. This workshop is designed to assist psychologists in developing expertise in assisting both immigrants and their attorneys through a complex system, discuss how to respond to requests for competency evaluations in immigration detention centers and providing expert testimony at Immigration Court. This workshop will provide participants with knowledge about the nuts and bolts of putting a report together.4
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